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House Passes Watered-Down Hemp Bill

Posted on March 16, 2000

Instead of letting farmers leap into hemp production, the Kentucky House voted Wednesday to take a small step toward reintroducing a one-time agricultural mainstay.

Hemp gets nod from the House

Posted on March 16, 2000

Instead of letting farmers leap into hemp production, the Kentucky House has voted to take a small step toward reintroducing a one-time agricultural mainstay.

Ex-governors back hemp as crop

Posted on March 15, 2000

It was an unlikely setting for an unlikely event: Four former governors gathered in the bar at The Coach House restaurant in Lexington yesterday to say they support a bill that would allow Kentucky farmers to grow hemp.

House Committee Approves Hemp Bill, Prosperity’s seed or insidious weed?

Posted on March 10, 2000

Legislation aimed at creating a Kentucky industry around hemp — don’t call it marijuana — was approved by a House committee Thursday. The long, willowy hemp plant has a market among manufacturers as a fiber for paper, fabric — even interior panels of Ford vehicles, supporters said.

Hemp bill heads to full House

Posted on March 10, 2000

A bill that would allow Kentucky farmers to grow hemp squeaked out of the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee yesterday, but appears unlikely to become law.

Hemp Supporters Hang Hopes on Bill

Posted on March 4, 2000

Frankfort Industrial hemp, a cousin to marijuana but without that plant’s psychedelic kick, might return to Kentucky farms after an absence of about 60 years. House Bill 855, filed last week, would legalize industrial hemp farming and establish a continuing study of the crop’s agricultural potential.

The trouble with hemp

Posted on October 1, 1996

Farmers want to grow it, and manufacturers want to use it. But it’s got an obnoxious relative that states are afraid of. Agriculture has never been easy in the rocky soil of Vermont, and these days, it is harder and less profitable than ever. With the dairy industry mired in a 20-year decline, the state’s farmers can scarcely be blamed if they cast about for any creative means of staying in business.

Fiber Wars: The Extinction of Kentucky Hemp

Posted on January 1, 1994

The seminal history of the American hemp industry and what happened to the seed of this once highly valued crop, wherein was first written: “Hemp is not marijuana.”